Studies of Arab Heads and Figures

Eugène Delacroix French

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By the time Delacroix returned from North Africa, he had amassed an abundance of reference material, thanks to his prolific sketching. He admitted that it took him years to digest the copious drawings and notations he made during the voyage and to distill them into a significant picture. Accumulative sheets such as this one, which served as collections of subjects initially sketched elsewhere, may have played a role in his extended process of sorting, selecting, and condensing his own drawings.

Studies of Arab Heads and Figures, Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Graphite, brush and brown wash, diluted white gouache on tracing paper, laid down

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